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How can I watch blu-ray disc films?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8 Pro

    How can I watch blu-ray disc films?

    I have recently got an Acer z5801 all-in-one second-hand, I immediately upgraded it with Win 8 - but I'm trying to check all the key parts work so I put in Avatar to check its Blu-ray player is functioning?

    How do I get to watch it? The movie app is all for online stuff and avi files and I don't think Windows Media Player in the desktop environment plays blu-rays?



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  2. #2

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    If you have Windows 8 Pro there are options to add the ability to play those through Media Center, the addition of which includes codecs for DVD and was supposed to include those for Blu-ray discs.

    I believe it doesn't allow Blu-ray playback though from further reading on the web.

    If you have Windows 8 (non-Pro) installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8 Pro.

    See: Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    Otherwise Google Search for Windows 8 compatible Blu-ray Player software.
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  3. #3

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    Sorry I was in error regarding WMC and Blu-ray playback, read the amended post.

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  4. #4

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    As previously suggested download VLC plus the blu ray codecs

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